He may have sunned himself in Queensland for a few years, but Sun Stud’s Bel Esprit – now back in Victoria – still won the title of leading VOBIS sire over the past racing season.

The progeny of the six time Victorian Champion Sire have been prolific collectors of VOBIS dollars over the past decade but none more so than in 2017/2018.

Progeny of Bel Esprit earned almost $685,000 in VOBIS bonuses and VOBIS prizemoney throughout the season.

Leading the way for the Sun Stud sire on the VOBIS earning front was four-year-old Bel Sonic. Of the $267,000 he earned during the season, an astonishing $142,000 of that was attributable to VOBIS returns…more than 50 per cent of total prizemoney won!

Bel Sonic after winning the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Carat at Moonee Valley (Ross Holburt-Racing Photos)

An impressive first-to-last victory in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Carat at Moonee Valley in December helped catapult these earnings. The win even ensured the talented gelding a start in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas, illustrating the many reasons it pays to sign up for VOBIS.

Sun Stud’s Mark Lindsay is excited to have Bel Esprit, back at home base, and looks forward to the $1 million VOBIS Sires Showdown in 2019.

“Bel Esprit is extremely competitively priced this season for such a popular stallion. At his current fee he offers arguably the greatest return on investment for breeders,” Lindsay said.

“Added to that, with $24 million in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney on offer this season, he is a proven sire that will definitely pay his way.

“VOBIS Sires gives our stallions a competitive advantage and the running of the inaugural $1 million Showdown will only add to that.”

Other progeny of Bel Esprit that enjoyed a profitable season thanks to VOBIS earnings included Temple of Bel, Honey Esprit, Keen Array and Crystal Spirit.

Bel Esprit stands at Sun Stud this season for a service fee of $11,000 (incl. GST),

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